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Downtown Main Street projects nearly done

Work is wrapping up on several state-funded downtown renovation and rehabilitation projects along Main Street, as Buffalo Place officials look ahead to the spring, when activity may pick up again.

Board member Steven Carmina, a downtown architect and property owner on the street, told the rest of the Buffalo Place Board of Directors Wednesday that eight of 10 projects that have been underway under the New York Main Street grant program are now completed. That includes seven with streetscape work as part of the projects.

Among those ventures are Carmina's building at 487 Main St., where an elevator has been installed; Carmina's and Roger Trettel's project at 5 and 7 Genesee St., which is just awaiting the state funds; and Amy Judd's Alexandre Apartments, which just received its certificate of occupancy.

Buffalo Place administers the grants in downtown Buffalo for the state.

"You can feel the difference walking down Main Street and seeing the buildings that have been done," said Buffalo Place Chairman Keith Belanger, a senior vice president at M&T Bank Corp. "It's made a difference."

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